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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)

TITLE: Proverbs 31 Aspirations
By Karen Bankhead
02/14/07


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PROVERBS 31 ASPIRATIONS

In this day and age of automatic everything,
There is still something that can make your soul sing.

To roll up your sleeves and get to work,
Ignoring your apprehension, your childís little smirk.

Remembering the things that grandma would do.
What was good for her is good for you, too.

Back to basics again! is your battle cry.
Will this really work? Wonít know Ďtil we try.

Once upon a time, maybe as a scout
So many skills you got to try out.

A needle and thread, a sewing machine.
These are the things my childís never seen.

Trying this out for one afternoon.
The fruits of my labor will be here soon!

Got a spot on the sofa, feeling at peace.
Husband and child spy, will they never cease?

Sheer joy comes in this working by hand.
This is so necessary, you must understand.

Diligently working, connecting to the past.
But not for long will this calm feeling last.

Somethingís not right, Iím getting upset.
Iíve been working for hours, but not done yet.

What am I doing? This is a bore.
No wonder back then this was called ďchore.Ē

Okay, Iím done, Iíve made something by hand.
Somehow this didnít fit in with the ďplan.Ē

Iím stressed and Iím frought from doing this craft.
These things can be bought- What am I - daft?

My family have witnessed my work of great care.
I present my handiwork to them with a flair.

They look at me, with a look that is blank.
Fine. Okay. Them I wonít thank.

So Iím not the woman in Proverbs 31
But I still take pride in what I have done.

Itís a homemade pot holder, okay?!


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Janice Fitzpatrick02/15/07
I liked this, especially the end surprise to finally see what craft she had made. Could empathize with woman and her feelings and less interested or impressed family,grin. Good job.Keep up the good work.
Jan Ackerson 02/15/07
Delightful, wry, witty!
Donna Emery02/15/07
I can well imagine this scene (I've been the one in it, often enough!) A cute little poem and fun to read. Good work
Mona Lisa02/19/07
I SO felt your struggle to a handcrafted commitment. I chuckled when you revealed the product of your many hours and your family's reaction. I really enjoyed this piece.